World's Sports Events
Jenny Richards provides an overview of the six world's most significant sporting events.
Every day many sporting events happen all over the world. Some leave a mark out of all those sports events year after year. The following are some of the top sporting events in the world.
The summer Olympics
The Summer Olympics are held every four years. The games were inspired by the Greek Olympic Games that lasted until the 4th century AD. Over 205 countries and well above 10,000 Olympians participate in the Summer Olympics each year. Countries that host the Olympics usually embark on large projects to build new arenas. As a result, each Olympics year leaves in its wake some of the best arenas in the world. Britain hosted the last Summer Olympics in 2012 and bagged 29 gold medals, the best record the country has ever had. The 2016 Olympic Games will be hosted in Rio, Brazil.
World Cup Soccer
The Soccer World Cup lasts a month, and during this time, billions of people worldwide tune in to their televisions to watch. Teams have to play World Cup qualifier matches to make it to the World Cup. During the tournament, teams are divided into groups where they play elimination rounds, with the best teams moving on to the quarterfinals, then semi-finals, and finally the finals. Germany was the winner in the last world cup. Soccer is the one sport in the world with many die-hard supporters. Differences of opinion or a loss by a favourite team has often resulted in injuries.
Super Bowl, USA
The Super Bowl marks the end of NFL season, whereby the two teams that win the conference games played on Super Bowl Sunday. The winning prize is the Vince Lombardi Trophy, among other spoils. The Super Bowl features big-brand commercials and spectacular halftime performances by music stars. It is hard to miss the Super Bowl due to the hype weeks before the games.
NBA Finals, USA
Some of the greatest athletes who have influenced popular culture since the last century have been basketballers. It is no wonder then that the NBA finals and the games leading up to the finals are some of the world's most viewed sports tournaments. During the NBA season, teams play 82 games, half at home and a half away. The 82 games include matches against teams within the same division, other divisions, and other conferences. At the end of the season, marked by the NBA finals, the winning teams from each conference play each other.
The U.S. Masters, USA
The U.S. Masters is a golf tournament held every first week in Augusta, Georgia. The prize for winning the game is substantial and currently stands at 3.4 million dollars. The winner also receives a green sports jacket and becomes an honorary member of the Augusta National Golf Club.
The Wimbledon Tournament held in England is the most prestigious tennis tournament globally. The tournament, which lasts two weeks, is the only Grand Slam event still played on grass. Some celebrated Wimbledon champions include Petra Kvitova, Serena Williams, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic.
It has become part of the tradition for the world to do nothing but focus on the above sports when they happen. Do not miss the subsequent scheduled events.
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About the Author
Jenny Richards is crazy about net surfing and writing content on technology, music, sports events, etc.